Striated heron at Waverton Pk, Berrys Bay NSW

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Subject: Striated heron at Waverton Pk, Berrys Bay NSW
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 17:51:47 +1000
Hi Birders,
Mr Broubin on 24 April wrote about a Striated Heron at Waverton Park, Berrys Bay and mentioned that the bird was between 750-1000 metres away from mangroves at Berrys Head, as if mangroves were the habitat that the bird favours. However, mangroves are only one of the habitats that the bird utilises in coastal NSW. Here on the NSW Central Coast we have two large waterways, Brisbane Waterwhich has large seagrass beds and extensive mangrove forests, and plenty of oyster racks. Further north is Tuggerah Lakes where there are no mangroves, but plenty of sea grass beds and extensive stands of Swamp Oak Casuarina glauca and Broad-leafed Paperbarks Melaleuca quiquinerva fringing the lakes. The Straited Heron is equally at home in both waterways, nesting in mangroves and Swamp Oaks in Brisbane Water and in Swamp Oaks and Melaleucas in Tuggerah Lakes. To my way of thinking the change in name from Mangrove Bittern to Straited Heron was correct as the bird is found in many estuarine habitats not just mangroves.
Alan Morris
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